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Category Archives: Coaching business

A Coaching Experiment

I have recently read a very interesting book written by Eric Ries, titled, “The Lean Startup”. It provoked a lot of thought and reflection on how I tend to go about business development. Whilst much of it was quite oriented towards tech-start-ups, some of the advice probably holds true for all businesses. One of theContinue Reading

Be clear on what you need to be

There is a lot of advice about starting your own business that makes it clear that you have to take on a number of roles, often within the same day, just to keep your business up and running. You need to be principal marketer, accountant, chief IT engineer and many others, not to mention doingContinue Reading

Coach: Heal thyself

I had a client recently ask me, at very short notice, if they could change an appointment that we had in our diaries. Something that was business critical had just arisen and they really needed to stay in the office to resolve it. We agreed a new date and I was suddenly left with aContinue Reading

100% or nothing

I have long thought that there are only two states that we can adopt that allow us to accurately judge our own performance: 100% effort and 0%. I’m no positivist but it seems that if you adopt either of these positions you can review your efforts with a degree of confidence. Anything else is justContinue Reading

#200 Free Coaching and Performance Posts

This is post number 200 at The Executive Coaching Blog. I just wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who has kindly commented or supported this work here and on various social media platforms (You can find me on Twitter, G+ and Facebook). I would like to pass on a particularContinue Reading

Don’t mention the “C” word here!

There is more than one organisation that I have had the pleasure of working with over the years who have greeted me with something like, “We want to help improve the performance of the business through our people, we just don’t want to call it ‘coaching’”. Initially I was a bit taken aback. Then IContinue Reading

No Job Too Small

I have written in this blog before about my limitations (mostly of motivation!) when it comes to DIY. It’s not an area in which I possess either much experience or skill. As a result, I resort – probably too often – to finding someone who has both of these attributes, coupled with the desire toContinue Reading

Stop-Over Success Story

This post digresses slightly from my usual theme of coaching but is still very much focused on great business performance. Let me introduce you to a story about Chase and Brandon. Following a fairly long car journey down the fascinating Central Valley of California, my family and I stopped at our planned “half-way house”: aContinue Reading

The value of great coaching

I have heard the story of the artist Picasso and his ‘pen sketch on a napkin’ told in several ways and like many such stories I remain unsure if it was true or a convenient and amusing way to highlight a worthy point. With all that said, let me repeat a version of it hereContinue Reading

Jack of all trades

This weekend I drove past a local shopping parade and was really pleased to see that a shop which had long been empty was having the final touches applied to a re-fit. It looked clearly looked to me as if it will be open for business in the next week or two. Brilliant! I haveContinue Reading